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Nine Emperor Gods Festival in Kota Bharu Malaysia

After having a nice Murtabak dinner at a restaurant right beside our hotel, we decided to head back to the hotel room since the Clock Tower area is pretty much dead after 6pm (most establishments here closes at 6pm).

Nine Emperor Gods Festival in Kota Bahru
Nine Emperor Gods Festival in Kota Bharu

We got nothing to blog since we arrived in Kota Bharu at almost 7pm and the only open establishments are some restaurants near the famous Clock Tower (or maybe we havent explore the entire area… hmmm later).

Spirit medium of the Nine Emperor Gods
Spirit medium of the Nine Emperor Gods

While testing the WIFI connection, we heard a noisy drum beats from our window and we were surprise to see an interesting parade. Totally clueless as to what it is, we went down to the hotel and took some photos. I tried to read the banners attached to the floats but they are all in chinese characters:( (???)

Dragon Boat Made of Paper
Dragon Boat Made of Paper

Thanks to Google, I found out that Nine Emperor Gods Festival will be celebrated from October 15th till today and today’s parade is to celebrate the last day of the festival.

According to my research, The Nine Emperor Gods Festival is celebrated annually from the 1st day to the 9th day of the 9th Lunar Month in the Chinese calendar.

Most of the parade participants are wearing white and all of them are heading to the river bank where the Taoist Priest will have a series of chants and nine sedan chairs are prepared to receive the spirits of the Nine Emperors.

One of the most colorful part of the parade is a dragon boat made of paper which will be alighted in the river banks symbolizing the sending away of bad luck and misfortune.

*This trip was sponsored by ZestAir and Tourism Malaysia!

More Kelantan Adventures Tommorow:)

Written by Melo Villareal

Melo Villareal is the Online Publisher of He is an Accountant by profession who left the corporate world at the age of 23 to explore his beautiful country and the rest of the world. Today, Melo works as a part-time Social Media Manager for local and international clients. His full-time work focuses on discovering interesting culture, explore different cuisines and take memorable photos from local and international destinations he's visiting.

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